Southern part of Australia is outdoor lover’s paradise. This diverse region offers impressive beaches, cosmopolitan cities, pristine rainforest and famous endemic wildlife.
In New South Wales you should head to Manly Beach and Balmoral Beach. In Sydney, you can take a coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee Beach. Visit Hyams Beach, encircled by Booderee National Park, on the southern shores of Jervis Bay. Go to Lord Howe Island to relax in Ned's Beach. Nobbys Beach in Newcastle is a favoured swimming spot for family groups and those learning to surf.
Discover Wineglass Bay in Tasmania, voted by several travel authorities one of the best beaches in the entire world. In Victoria you can choose Brighton Beach in Melbourne, with its charming, multi-coloured bathing boxes. It's an ideal spot for swimmers, sunbathers and surfers. St Kilda and Williamstown Beach are also worth visiting.
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Where to stay:
In Melbourne we encourage you at the very well rated 4* Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill on Collins. This property is located in Melbourne CBD, opposite Southern Cross train station. It offers 2 stylish restaurants and 2 bars, plus 24-hour room service. All air-conditioned rooms at Quality Hotel Batman’s Hill on Collins feature a minibar, refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. Some rooms include a bathtub in the bathroom. Rooms with kitchen facilities are also available.
In Newcastle we suggest you stay at 4* The Burwood Inn with excellent reviews. This property is 11-minute walk from the beach. The Burwood Inn is located a 5-minute drive from Newcastle’s central business district and the harbour. This family-run property offers comfortable accommodation upstairs and full pub facilities downstairs. Renovated in 2010, modern rooms are fully air conditioned and they offer a work desk a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Toilet and bathroom facilities are shared. A free continental breakfast is provided for each guest.
What to do:
Explore inspiring seaside villages. Take in iconic rainforest and misty waterfalls. Do some surfing in the hundreds of beaches that make this destination a must-go for surfers.
Get outdoors on bushwalking and mountain biking expeditions or take the cultural route through galleries, museums and heritage attractions.
In the Australian Capital Territory you should explore the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
In South Australia you can take a trip to Barossa Valley, about an hour drive from Adelaide. It’s one of Australia’s oldest grape-growing regions and a haven for foodies.
In Tassie you should explore the lakes and caves or climb the Cradle Mountain. Those in search of thrills should see the Tasmanian Devil or discover the Royal Hotel – the ghost town of Linda, closed in the 1950s.
In New South Wales you should explore the Newnes Glow Worm Tunnel, home to thousands of glowing insects. Go to Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie where koalas are treated before they return to their home territory. You can even adopt one!
In Victoria you can watch a match in the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Get up close to native wildlife at Kennett River, one of the best places to spot koalas in the wild.
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